One Room Challenge // Kitchen Renovation Week 4

One Room Challenge Week 4 is here. Good news and bad news for me and my ambitious plan to tackle my mom’s dated kitchen. Good news is that I made A LOT of head way this past weekend, installing the new counter tops and sink. The bad news is, my next two weeks are jammed packed, so my plan is to drive the two and a half hours there, finish all the details, style, photograph and then drive home. Sounds fun doesn’t it?

This week I am excited to share the half of the room that is almost there and one of my favorite projects of the room. My mom has and eat-in kitchen. She has a round dining table that seats four. It is classic, well made and in great condition, plus I think it fits with the new design, however it is very bulky. When someone is sitting in a chair and you need to get by, they have to smash themselves against the table to allow you to pass. In the same corner of the room, my mom kept her large dog crate, which was unsightly, cumbersome and a collector of junk. I decided to tackle both of these problems at once and designed a custom banquette seat that doubles as a dog crate!

DIY Built in dog cage

Here are my initial designs, inspired by the tutorial on the left in the below photo. I enlisted the help of my talented father in law to bring it to life.

Built in Dog Crate

and bring it to life he did! I whipped up the cushions and now we have a beautiful piece of furniture that makes great use of the space.

DIY Built in dog cage
DIY Built in dog cage

Although the side of the bench with the dog crate is pretty tall for adults, it is the perfect height for grand kids!

DIY Built in dog cage banquette
DIY Built in dog cage banquette

And to keep it real, the other side of the room looked like this when I shot it.

One Room Challenge Week 4
DIY Built in dog cage banquette

What’s still left to do?

  • update the light fixture above the sink

  • replace floor boards where I removed a built in shelf

  • paint and update trim

  • window treatments

  • styling

Check out all my inspiration and products I’m using on my Pinterest board. And, click here to see the other participant's progress.


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